|15.||Harvard graduate Richard Soule ( 1812-77), a Massachusetts civil engineer, entrepreneur, and author. Ibid.; Quinquennial Catalogue, 190; Appletons', 5:612.|
|16.||See Pierce's letter to Chase, March 30, 1862 (above).|
|17.||See Chase's instructions to Hiram Barney, February 24, 1862 (above).|
|18.||David Hunter took command of the Department of the South on March 31. OR, ser. 1, v. 6:248.|
|19.||Brigadier general of volunteers Henry W. Benham ( 1817-84) succeeded Gen. Thomas W. Sherman and commanded Federal troops in the Northern District of the Department of the South, including South Carolina, Georgia, and part of Florida. Appletons', 1:234; OR, ser. i, v. 6:258, 259.|
|20.||David F. Thorpe ( 1836- 1909), a student at Brown University, later became a Rhode Island merchant and state representative. Park's report described a series of attacks and attempted rapes by drunken sailors on March 17. Ira Berlin et al., eds., Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867 ( Cambridge, Eng., 1982-), ser. 1, v. 3:68; Historical Catalogue of Brown University, 466.|
Letter in clerk's hand, signed by Chase. Letters Received by the Secretary of War from the President, Executive Departments, and War Department Bureaus, 1862-1870, Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107), National Archives (micro 20:0082).
Treasury Department April 8th., 1862
I have received the letter referred to me for suggestions relative to Quartermaster Vinton's payments.
In conversation with the Quarter Master General, 1 I have already stated the general rules by which those payments, in my judgment, should be governed.
All disbursing officers, when unprovided with funds to pay all legal demands on them in money may well pay, in preference, demands of small amounts, say less than $500. All other demands should be paid according to priority of date.
The power of this Department to furnish money is necessarily limited by its power to borrow in some form -- either directly, by Loans, or indirectly, by the issue of United States Notes. In neither mode can adequate sums now be obtained --
To accommodate public creditors, Congress has authorized the issue, to those willing to receive them, of Certificates of Indebtedness payable one year from date, and bearing interest at Six per centum. The Department has made arrangements which will enable it to make all payments which may be desired in this mode.
For payments to be made in money, and not otherwise, by disbursing officers, requisitions for the needed amounts must be drawn in their favor, and the amounts placed to their credit with the nearest Depositary.
For payments to be made in Certificates, requisitions should be drawn for sufficient amounts to be placed to the credit of the proper